- Bedford Blues off to flying start in Championship
- Worcester, Cornish Pirates and London Welsh also with bonus point wins
Photo: Nigel Rudguard
Ollie Dodge got Bedford Blues’ RFU Championship season off to a flying start with a hat-trick in their 51-3 win over Plymouth Albion at Goldington Road.
Mike Rayer’s side ran in eight tries with James Pritchard grabbing a brace and one apiece for Sacha Harding, Duncan Taylor and Dan Richmond. Pritchard added 11 points from the boot to give the Blues an early season boost ahead of Sunday’s visit to Rotherham Titans.
"We always set out our stall to play quick ball and the forwards were outstanding," said Bedford scrum half Daryl Veenendaal. "We put a lot of work in pre-season and to come away with 50 points is a massive bonus."
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Worcester Warriors also made an impressive start to their campaign with a 48-3, six try win over Birmingham & Solihull Bees at Sixways.
But Head Coach Richard Hill insisted his players still had lots of work ahead of them as they prepare for a trip to Plymouth Albion next weekend.
"I would rate the team four out of ten for that - and they didn't disagree when I told them that in the huddle," said Hill.
"They admitted that there is work to do, but it is the first time that they have played together as that 15 and I would hope that is a good start and we will get better."
Else where, Esher made their Championship debut with a 29-17 win at Moseley; Rotherham Titans earned a shock 26-24 win at Bristol with a late pushover try; and there as a home 30-14 win for Cornish Pirates over Doncaster Knights. London Welsh, under new Head Coach Phil Greening, won away 27-21 at Nottingham.